The Weekly Ringer

The University of Mary Washington Student Newspaper

Songs of the Apocalypse: Listen While You Still Can

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In a few hours, the greater Fredericksburg area will probably be struggling to keep power as Hurricane Irene hits.  So, load up your iPods now will these sure-fire ways to embrace the end of the world with the second natural disaster of the week.

1. “Till the World Ends” by Britney Spears

I wish I could say I’m posting this ironically, but let’s be real…who doesn’t love Britney?!


2. “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” by R.E.M.

Yeah yeah yeah…this one is kind of a given.  But, as long as there are talks of an impending apocalypse, this song will be cemented in American culture.  Also, it’s one of those songs in which complete strangers can totally describe all of your emotions…I mean, come one, “that’s great, it starts with an earthquake”?!


3.  “Hurricane Drunk” by Florence + the Machine

The first thing my roommate and I did when we lost power was buy beer.  And really, when you can’t update your Facebook, Twitter, or blog, what else is there to do?


4.  “The Last Day We Ever Close Our Eyes” by Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room

I’m an optimist, really.


5. “Rock You Like a Hurricane” by the Scorpions

I almost didn’t put this on the list because it was in an Applebee’s commercial once.  I’m not a spiteful former employee though, so I left it on.


6.  “Ridin’ the Storm Out” by REO Speedwagon

Self-explainitory?  If we survive.


7.  “No Fun” by Brave Irene

Yesterday, I realized precisely how un-fun power outages are.  My phone and Macbook died, you can’t watch TV, and all my friends were at work.  Sooo…I took a nap.  Womp womp.  Bonus points because it’s by someone named Irene?

There’s no video, so listen here.

8.  “POWER” by Kanye West

Because you’re about to lose it.


Download these songs to your iPod, charge it up and put batteries in your iHome, cause you won’t have much else to do once Irene visits historic Fredericksburg.